Our favourite small businesses that rework classic vintage with a modern twist.
Fashion’s newest trend has taken to robbing your nan’s closet, sprucing it up and selling it back to you. Reworked vintage has unmistakably been the catchphrase on everyone’s tongue and a movement that we think is the way of the future.
Admittedly, I have lost a number of my well-loved clothes to my brazen 3am thoughts of “I could definitely DIY that”. While my unevenly cropped jumper will always be remembered as a fallen soldier, I now prefer shopping for reworked pieces at independent stores.
Sustainability is becoming the driving force of many fashion consumers’ shopping habits due to the imminent dangers of climate change, and shopping for reworked vintage is such an easy step to take.
Here are some of my favourite places to shop for reworked vintage items.
If you like the idea of adding a bit of designer flair to your jewellery but cannot commit to cashing out thousands of pounds, you could consider giving Boutique Secondlife’s site a scroll. Their most popular piece is an LV padlock necklace, and it comes in several styles to suit you. The price ranges from £100-£150, but you’re definitely paying for more than just the logo. The pieces are well made, and the sellers are incredibly kind.
This store sells some of the most beautiful embroidered blouses. They use vintage garments and recycled fabric as a base and embroider outlines on to it. The blouses are gorgeous. The colours range from the quintessential white and blue work blouse tones to eclectic hues perfect for spring wear. I especially enjoy some of their quirkier pieces because while they look entirely professional shoulders up on a zoom call, but you can peer down and see a whale and a G&T glass on your shirt, who wouldn’t be more cheery seeing that?
Popsick has some unique edgy pieces with a modern spin. You can easily find items from the 70s or 80s that have been cut, dyed or bleached that make for one-of-a-kind pieces that can elevate your look. The designers are clearly well informed with trends and incorporate them seamlessly into their work without compromising the reminiscent-feel that vintage clothes bring.
I can’t think of a better embodiment of the term “wearable art” than the pieces that Frankie makes. Works of intricate French tapestry are reworked on the back of denim jackets and bum bags, creating some stunning pieces that make you feel like a walking Louvre.
This kitschy store makes some outlandish items that draw inspiration from the tackiness of the early 2000s, like a stuffed Shrek Donkey head backpack. Their work is (shockingly) not everyone’s cup of tea, but the level of nostalgia it brings for a 90s/00s kid is unmatchable. It makes fashion fun again, and after the decade long reign of the monochromatic trend, I, for one, can’t wait for colour and prints to take over.